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  • 1. eLearning: emerging trends and issues Thursday, August 30 th Michael Coghlan
  • 2. My Story
    • ESL classroom teacher 1987 – 1997
    • 1997 – went online
    • Blended ESL teaching 1997 – 2000
    • ESL online 1997 – 2004
    • eLearning Facilitator for TAFE SA, Aust Flexible Learning Framework 2004 – 7
    • Independent elearning consultant 2006 - 7
  • 3.  
  • 4. MULTIPLE VENUE PRESENTATIONS (MVPs) remote students guest lecturer CLASSROOM/ F2F VENUE public space
  • 5. Progression……
    • Distance learning (print based; ‘by correspondence’)
    • Online learning
    • E learning
    • B learning (blended)
    • M learning (mobile)
    • E+M = U learning (ubiquitous) (Janet Fraser, Monash Uni) (http://infotech.monash.edu/promotion/coolcampus/workshop/3rdworkshop/walkaboutlearning.pdf)
  • 6. Progression……
    • Distance learning (print based; ‘by correspondence’)
    • Online learning
    • E learning
    • M (mobile) learning
    • E+M = U (ubiquitous) learning (Janet Fraser, Monash Uni) (http://infotech.monash.edu/promotion/coolcampus/workshop/3rdworkshop/walkaboutlearning.pdf)
    Flexible Learning
  • 7. BLENDED LEARNING
    • The predominant model
    • Elearning + face to face (f2f) instruction (in any proportion)
    • Can be as simple as email + f2f, or
    • Email, plus websites, + f2f
    • The most common: Learning Management System* (LMS) + f2f
    • *Learning Management Systems: Blackboard, WebCT, Janison, Moodle
  • 8. Other Models: Next/Back Learning
    • Content for whole course prepared and loaded upfront (expensive)
    • Minimal input from instructors; essentially unfacilitated
    • Self-paced; individualised
    • Suitable for compliance or product training, or for highly motivated students
  • 9. The Internet – more than just a book
  • 10. SALMON’S 5 STEP MODEL
  • 11. Other Models: Facilitated Learning
    • Involves processing of content
    • PLUS
    • Communication activities (discussion) with fellow students and facilitator
    • Strong social and/or collaborative component
  • 12. How do you feel about elearning?
    • Overblown importance?
    • A necessary evil?
    • A valuable complement to VET teaching and learning?
    • Undecided?
  • 13. eLearning advantages disadvantages
  • 14. THE VET CONTEXT
    • The average age of a TAFE student has been about 31 for the last three years. The largest group of TAFE NSW students is aged between 20 and 29 but the fastest growing group of students is aged between 40 and 49. The number of students aged 50 to 64 has also grown quickly and this trend is expected to continue. (Issues paper, NSW DET,2004)
    • UPDATE:
    • 2006: average age = 34
    • http://www.education.vic.gov.au/tafecourses/Adult_Learners.htm
  • 15. SOCIAL SOFTWARE Social software lets people rendezvous, connect or collaborate by use of a computer network . (Clay Shirky)
  • 16. SOCIAL SOFTWARE TOOLS
    • Instant Messaging (Skype)
    • Virtual classrooms (Centra, Elluminate, Adobe Connect)
    • Blogs (blogger.com, edublogs.org)
    • Photo Sharing (flickr.com)
    • Wikis (Wikispaces.com) – collaborative workspace
    • Social Bookmarking ( http://del.icio.us/ )
    • Personalised learning environments, or PLEs ( http://elgg.org/ )
    • Social Networking sites (MySpace, Facebook)
    Many of these sites encourage contributing content (text and media) to the read/write web.
  • 17. eLearning 2.0/Web 2.0 (Stephen Downes)
    • Elearning 1.0:
    • static packaged content
    • little true interactivity and learner input
    • very little contact with teacher
    • represented by Learner Management Systems. (eg WebCT, Blackboard)
    • Elearning 2.0:
    • more student-centred
    • students generate and share content .
    • they interact not only with teachers and their peers, but with anyone in the world they can learn from .
    (this description courtesy of Sean Fitzgerald)
  • 18. User Generated Content (user = teachers and students) – WHERE DO YOU PUT IT?
    • If not on public sites,
    • Schools/colleges/TAFES need to enable their own spaces to store:
      • Media rich blogs
      • Digital stories
      • Audio files
      • Podcasts see movie at: https://source.seattleschools.org/l3rn/thumb/video/4501/
    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1020/529424853_8b28a81792_m.jpg
  • 19. eLearning 2.0 (Networked Learning)
  • 20. Mapping the cultural emphases of emerging social software tools From Stuckey and Arkell; Development of an eLearning Knowledge Sharing Model; 2005
  • 21. Mapping the cultural emphases of emerging social software tools From Stuckey and Arkell; Development of an eLearning Knowledge Sharing Model; 2005
  • 22. Line of increasing personal agency Institutionally driven Member driven Formal Informal Top - down rules for creation, operation and governance Emergent Bottom - up norms, not rules Enabling Culture Culture of compliance Institutionally driven Member driven Formal Informal Top - down rules for creation, operation and governance Emergent Bottom - norms, not rules Mapping the cultural emphases of emerging social software tools Wikipedia e - Portfolios Profile tools Blogs/Wikis Flickr Chat Tagging Tools ( del.icio.us , ELGG) List servers Forums Online journals FIREWALL FIREWALL FIREWALL From Stuckey and Arkell; Development of an eLearning Knowledge Sharing Model; 2005
  • 23. Line of increasing personal agency Institutionally driven Member driven Formal Informal Top - down rules for creation, operation and governance Emergent Bottom - up norms, not rules Enabling Culture Culture of compliance Institutionally driven Member driven Formal Informal Top - down rules for creation, operation and governance Emergent Bottom - norms, not rules Mapping the cultural emphases of emerging social software tools Wikipedia e - Portfolios Profile tools Blogs/Wikis Flickr Chat Tagging Tools ( del.icio.us , ELGG) List servers Forums Online journals FIREWALL FIREWALL FIREWALL 10.55
  • 24. Education by and large has not changed. The world outside has. Syllabus/curriculum is rooted in a past paradigm of fixed knowledge. Photo courtesy of Sawrah, http://flickr.com/photos/sawrah/314474272/
  • 25. TENSION
    • SOCIAL
    • SOFTWARE
    • ORGANISATIONAL DEMANDS (AQTF, AUDITING, ASSESSMENT, DUTY OF CARE, COPYRIGHT, etc)
    V
  • 26. AQTF V SOCIAL SOFTWARE
    • Teacher centred
    • Control
    • Top down
    • Hierarchical
    • External imposed authority
    • Right answers pre-determined
    • Only one end point
    • ?
    • Student centred
    • Student choice
    • Bottom up
    • Distributive (flat)
    • Knowledge sharing among peers
    • Decisions made collectively
    • Multiple destinations
    • Engaging!
  • 27. AQTF V SOCIAL SOFTWARE
    • Teacher centred
    • Control
    • Top down
    • Hierarchical
    • External imposed authority
    • Right answers pre-determined
    • Only one end point
    • ?
    • Student centred
    • Student choice
    • Bottom up
    • Distributive (flat)
    • Knowledge sharing among peers
    • Decisions made collectively
    • Multiple destinations
    • Engaging!
    mutually exclusive?
  • 28. SECOND LIFE (secondlife.com)
  • 29. SECOND LIFE (secondlife.com)
  • 30. The Dark Side of the Web
  • 31. Are we sociologically ready? What are ethical responsibilities as educators?
  • 32. http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =e5jtiJPlv4Y
  • 33. Peter Garrett in MySpace
  • 34. OUR ROLE:
    • Philip Adams:
    • “ Teach with the new technology, and teach students how to protect themselves from the new technology.”
    • “ Censorship does not work!”
  • 35. The cost of elearning: does it save you money?
    • not necessarily…..
    • Static content, unfacilitated online models can recoup costs in the longer term
    • Blended learning (online and f2f) can be cost neutral
    • Solely online facilitated models FACT: it takes longer to effectively teach 15 people online than it does to teach the same amount of content to the same number of people in a classroom
    • Costs can be offset by employing Open Source software (eg Moodle) and not investing in developing whole course content for preloading
  • 36. Proprietary v Open Source
    • Proprietary
    • Expensive
    • Locked in to fixed product for extended periods
    • Open Source
    • Free or very cheap
    • Host can modify product as often as desired
  • 37. The Virtual Classroom
    • Saves travel time and teleconferencing costs
    • Offers remote synchronous instruction/meeting space
    • Recordings can be accessed (repeatedly) asynchronously after the event
    • This model of elearning is sustainable and cost effective
  • 38. Issues:
    • The debilitating influence of organisational networks
    • Whither the innovator?
    • Knowledge gatekeeper > knowledge facilitator
    • Employability skills – is elearning a valid (better?) alternative
  • 39. Resources
    • Designing eLearning - http://designing.flexiblelearning.net.au/
    • Practical Guide to eLearning for Industry - http://industry.flexiblelearning.net.au/Guide/default.htm
  • 40.
    • Michael Coghlan
    • [email_address]
  • 41. Learning Management Systems – LMS (or Course Management Systems – CMS, or Platforms)
    • Blackboard (now incorporates WebCT) Janison, Moodle
    • They comprise:
    • Learning materials (content)
    • Communication tools (mail, chat, Instant Messaging, Forum/discussions, blogs)
    • The Back End: Tracking tools – student profiles, grades, attendance patterns